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Not one of Crais' best. It didn't get really interesting until about the middle of the book. A decent and otherwise fairly fast read, though. Too many moving parts (people, motives, sub-plot lines) for my tastes. Having to be stuck mostly indoors, I was glad to have it to read during the pandemic AND the wildfires! Still, it was easy to put down to extend the read.
I'll keep indulging in his Cole/Pike series but as others here have mentioned ... he could leave out a lot of the unnecessary rhetoric with his secondary characters that doesn't really move the storyline forward and cut back on the elitist blood lust.
I just discovered Robert Crais this year and thoroughly enjoyed his more recent novels. I decided and go back and read the beginning of the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series, and I reached "Taken." It truly is a gem. Thank you Robert Crais.
I only have one more book by crais left to read, sure hope he has a new one coming soon. Can't get enough, all his books are great
Crais is a very good writer and he has the ability to use the same characters (Elvis Cole and Joe Pike) in the series but without having to continually repeat the same thing over and over again like some other authors do. I like his style and his sparky dialogue
Don't believe I've ever read a novel w/ a time line that varied from chapter to chapter. But the chapter headings really smoothed the way.This one may be Crais's best yet!
Pretty scary read. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike never disappoint, and neither does Robert Crais. I liked the details of Korean, Mexican and Anglo interactions, as well as the side story of FBI involvement in the case. Reminded me of P.T. Deutermann thrillers involving government agencies and agents. Crais also introduces a new character, mercenary Jon Stone, whose crazed humor offsets Joe Pike's taciturnity and Elvis Cole's ironic comments.
Not up to his usual standard by any means -very slight. Could be a first draft for action movie. Very disappointing.
I like Crais a lot, but he's fallen into the same thing that Robert Parker did: his hero and his hero's scary sidekick have each now killed more people than the Green River Killer and Ted Bundy combined. He needs to figure out a way to deal with this without adding another 10-20 bodies in the next one.
Love Robert Crais and all of his books; I was not disappointed with this one. Read it!
Good book, well written, didnt want to put dowm. And for all you people with bad eye sight it has large print. I recommend this book.
Worthwhile read featuring Crais' Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. Crais offers the reader structural help with chapter headings as each character describes what he has been doing to help solve the crime/move the action along. So be prepared for the story not being told in a straight forward time line.
If you want a light read that isn't too deep this is a good book for that. After reading 'The Sentry' and now this one, personally I've grown tired of this series. The characters Pike and Cole are interesting enough that I wanted to keep reading about them but this story lacks depth. I just feel there could be so much more but it (as well as Sentry) falls short.
I was very disappointed with this book. I usually enjoy his works but this fell far short of his best.
"Robert Crais’s superb novels starring Elvis Cole and Joe Pike separately command plotlines that always seem original. Now, 15 books in, they’re hunting together in Taken, one of Crais’s best yet."